Chelsea Football Club confirmed recently after several rumours and many claims of a done deal, Brazilian wonderkid, Oscar, had finally signed for the Premier League outfit. The 20-year joined from Brasileirão side Internacional in a deal reported to be worth €25million. He brings with him a huge reputation and the ability of a more seasoned player. His ability and performances at club level saw him take the famous Brazil no. 10 ahead of fellow creative spark, Ganso. It takes a lot to be given the foremost number in the famous Samba yellow. But Oscar is deserving of this recognition.
He started his career as a youth player for União Barbarense, before moving to São Paulo at the age of 14. He made his professional debut in 2008 and in 2009 he made 11 appearances at the tender age of 17. After a few disagreements with the club over his contract and salary, Oscar joined Internacional but was stricken by injury in his 1st season. 2 successful seasons later and he is now a Chelsea player.
What Can He Offer Chelsea Football Club?
Oscar is a versatile footballer. He can play just behind the striker or on the wing and he occasionally sits back to create when playing for the National team. He’s a technical player, with great vision, and he can play that killer pass furthermore, he’s very comfortable on the ball, has good control and can link up fantastically with those playing ahead of him. However, there are a few worries over his physique though, with people questioning whether he can cope with the rigours of the Premier League. He’s taller than the other players Chelsea have signed but Oscar is light; although he can be strong on the ball. His intelligence and quick thinking will help him settle, providing he plays.
Many young Brazilian talents have been blinded by the brighter lights in the past. Moving to a top European club is always an attractive offer for a young player and some don’t go so well. Oscar has the talent of that there is no doubt but he hasn’t tested himself much against quicker teams who mark tightly, close down more and play quicker which, if he doesn’t play, could hamper his progression and lead him to become an expensive flop. Of course he shouldn’t play every game as he isn’t ready yet – but Chelsea have a mercurial talent on their hands and they need to nurture him carefully and playing time comes with that.
Is he just another overrated youngster? No. Far from it. If it wasn’t for Neymar he would arguably be the biggest talent in Brazil. Everyone who has seen him play has been impressed with his confidence and assured performances. His talent is undoubted and Chelsea do have a phenomenal player in Oscar. But, as has been said, in the Premier League it can go either way for him. It may have been better for him to remain in Brazil to progress a little more.
Oscar may not set the world alight in his first season but if he manages to settle he will become one of the best prospects in the league, and arguably the world. He plays like a prototypical Brazilian: with elegance and style. He never looks worried or rushed, he plays his own game and he’s capable of chipping in with the odd goal too. He has impressed so far in the Olympics and will hopefully continue to do so as he is a joy to watch.
On top of his irrefutable talent he has a good, healthy attitude. His work-rate and energy is exceptional for such a young player. He’s all over the pitch, always wanting the ball, always wanting to help his team-mates and always aiming to win. That can only be a positive. A lot will be expected of Oscar, he warrants that expectation, but how he deals with it and how he deals with most probably playing a smaller role than his one at Internacional will be key in his development. So, yes – Oscar can be a star. But there needs to be a degree of caution. Too much expectation and eventual vilification should he not enjoy a successful first season could lead him down the wrong road. Give him time, let him progress at his own rate and Chelsea fans will be in store for a real treat.
You can see a video of the talented Brazilian in action below:
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